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A40 t1_j3nocav wrote

'Dead' is kind of harsh. We like to call it 'gone to make a crater on a nice farm in the country.'


Lucas_7437 t1_j3nyptr wrote

It’s bizarre to me that an American satellite potentially falling onto inhabited areas gets treated like it’s a coworker’s funeral, but a Chinese satellite doing the same gets treated like it’s a deadly act of war or something. Really makes you think.


pmMeAllofIt t1_j3o2c7x wrote

It's not Chinese satellites that make the Doom reports, It's the first stage of their Long March rockets. They launch them up there without any means of a controlled de-orbit.

They're almost 50,000lbs, this old US satellite is only 5,400 lbs. Big difference.


Overcriticalengineer t1_j3o8gev wrote

It’s also a satellite from almost forty years ago, versus a rocket stage launched in the past year. It also provided data for twenty years, instead of the fifteen minutes of utility that the rocket stage provided.

Edit: To add about the utility of the satellite: “That data helped shape the Montreal Protocol Agreement, an international agreement signed in 1987 by dozens of countries, that resulted in a dramatic decrease around the globe in the use of ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – chemicals once commonly used in aerosol sprays, refrigeration and air conditioners.”


saturnsnephew t1_j3oa5dr wrote

No it's not. America will do everything in their power to prevent debris from landing on inhabited areas. China and Russia literally poison they're people with every launch and China doesn't give a fuck where it's debris falls. The difference is the US tries to prevent this where the other knowingly does things that will cause harm.


jimmydevice t1_j3omjcu wrote

Nice little show when it reenters. Saw the spacex burnup in PNW SE Wash, Very impressive.


Ruadhan2300 t1_j3qcivr wrote

it's not alone...

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professorjaytee t1_j3qkw4r wrote

>Dead NASA satellite returns to Earth after 38 years

ZOMBIE Satellites Attack Earth!

Seriously, who writes these corny headlines at CNN?


zenith654 t1_j3qts4n wrote

Because satellites this is a satellite from decades ago and the US actually has pretty good planned reentries/design for end of life that doesn’t endanger people Vs China still literally drops massive rocket stages on Earth without planning.

Every US rocket has a flight termination system that self destructs if it goes off course to protect the people below, and they’re all launched over the ocean. China just drops the stages on villages as part of its design.


husker789 t1_j3r2mes wrote

Clicked here thinking this was an r/nosleep with an image attached.


Snookn42 t1_j3r564z wrote

Im pretty sure since we are on Reddit OC thought the general leftist anti american/western/capitalist sentiment in the site as a whole, his comment would have received much karma and praise


Diggitydave76 t1_j3rq63p wrote

Ahh yes, when people didn't think global warming was a political issue. What refreshing times.


UniversalDH t1_j3s0hy3 wrote

OK, I have a weird hill to die. This isn’t a complaint, but more a curiosity.

NASA claims all these satellites, telescopes, rovers are suppose to last 2 years and they end up lasting decades. How can agency so reliant on precision miss on life expectancy?

I get they’re missing on the right side of it and that’s 100% a positive, but still. If they said it should last 15 years and it last 17, I get it…but man they miss by a lot.


mrdounut t1_j3s6anh wrote

It’s because they can claim “oh that sat will only be up for two years so we better get another one funded and up there quick!”

Nothing to do with how much they “miss” they just want money, which is how all American companies work. Spend it or lose it.


MasterKaein t1_j3ssjvb wrote

Because the Chinese will launch massive rockets the weight of a building up in space and leave them without any plans for their fall, whereas the US sends a satellite that weighs about the same as a truck and catches the thruster rocket in the ocean safely.

The satellite will most likely burn up on re-entry, leaving only tiny fragments if anything that touches the ground. The rocket will not, and will crash and leave a crater somewhere.

That's the difference.